Bono Vox

April 10, 2007

I just read an article about Bono, the lead singer from U2.  I will be the first to say he is not the Messiah. 🙂  But in a world of make-believers, I think he is the real deal.  That is why I felt I could have the band play a U2 song in church.

From the article, would you say he is a winsome ambassador for Christ?

HT:  worship.com



  1. Caught red-handed, Bono humbly responds, “You don’t know what’s going on behind those glasses, but God, I can assure you, does.”

    I heard whispers of the gospel in the words I read. That’s about all I have to say about that.

  2. “That is why I felt I could have the band play a U2 song in church.”

    Is it so much about who versus the song itself?

  3. I think both are key. It was the song first, but I wouldn’t have entertained a song like “Desperado” due to the writers, if you know what I mean.

  4. Come on Kevin, why don’t you come to your senses?

    The spirit of Ken has descended upon me.

  5. Thanks Kevin. I think some of the lyrics in 40 are straight enough from scripture (and no other part of the song undoes them), so it’s cool with me. However, it’s been a lifelong favorite of mine, so I’m biased.

  6. “…if you know what I mean.”

    Nope, I don’t. If the song speaks the exact sentiment/message it is intended to convey then what does it matter who wrote it?

    Or in the case of 40, whoever covers it. I heard that an adulterous murderer originally wrote that one.

  7. It does matter. A song is an extension of the artist.

    “I heard that an adulterous murderer originally wrote that one.”

    You left out repentant, God fearing, anointed, and after God’s own heart to describe King David. I believe that is the distinction. We are all sinners no doubt, but it is critical what we do with our sin once we are faced with it.

  8. So are you presenting this as a hard, fast global moral rule or a persoanl conviction? True or false … God decreed that only songs written by believers are to be sung in church services — otherwise it is sin/wrong?

  9. In your hard and fast two option world I graciously ask for a third option. 🙂

    Let’s call it a matter of discernment.

    Just like reading scripture, it comes down to context. The context of the lyric, the artist, and the motive. The motive part is the tricky one, which is why I tend to use the first two as a guide.

    As far as what has God decreed for church services, I am not certain only songs by believers are a mandate, but I think it’s a most excellent place to start. There is not a direct command in scripture, but I think it’s fair to infer from Jesus’ teaching about the heart and mouth, that a song praising Him will be from the mouth of one of His Children.

    Why would an unrepentant heart sing praise to God?

  10. I was at Northpoint once, and heard The Heart of the Matter by Don Henley during the service [Note: the service was centered on forgiveness, if you didn’t see that coming from a mile away].

    During the song, I couldn’t help thinking about all the chicks that had done me wrong in high school and college. Don’t know if that was the intent of the planners of the service, but it did remind me that I needed to forgive those cold, heartless wenches. 🙂

  11. Granted the examples are few and far between, but In Your Eyes by is a song that captures a solid Christian world-view without crossing into “Jesus Is My Boyfriend” territory.

    Otherwise, I’m seeing the possibility as more an extention of the worship through teaching instead of a congregational offering to God. The purpose is different.

    “It’s amazing to me that the same pastors who have never allowed a secular song in their services have quoted secular authors, secular poets, and secular historical figures. — Tim Stevens”

  12. How do you see “In Your Eyes” as solid Christian Worldview? I see it only as a love song, especially when the writer is “working so hard for our survival”. For example, how do you think it lines up with “Thy Mercy”?

    I can understand the use of a song as an extension of teaching. Is that what you would use a song like “In Your Eyes” for?

    Lastly, I think Jimi Hendrix put it this way, but I can’t find the exact quote: with music, we can bypass the conscious and speak directly to the sub-conscious. I believe it. Music is a far more powerful thing than words alone. Tim Stevens should not be so easily amazed.

  13. You had to go an point out the “working” line eh?

    “I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
    I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive”

    That’s where I translate the “our” as mankind — I know it freaks all the English majors out as it is a change in the pronouns. That way it refers more to the pains and struggles of life.

  14. I understand why you would do that. Why have what is a song that really speaks to you be bogged down by one word. Seriously, I do the same thing with U2’s “City of Blinding Light”. I draw my own conclusions to some ambiguous lyrics to fit the concept I hear in the rest of the lyric.

    Beauty (art) is in the ear of the beholder, so they say…

  15. I was not originally familiar with 40 when were first learned it at Grace and I was surprised since I kept up with U2 fairly well in the early to mid 80s. The DCTalk version was a little strange to me at the beginning, but I have grown to love the song. I was happy to do some of the lead that Sunday, but like I said in the GF blog I could have worked to have a little more edge and sound less like Sanjaya. 😉 I was also at North Pointe for a while years ago and during a baptism service they played Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young”. Now that was really strange and seemed totally inappropriate. All I could hear in my head was “If you want my body and you think I’m sexy…..” This is a good example of the person performing being important too. Rod Stewart did have a known CCM artist as a producer once (Michael Omartain) but that does not count. 🙂

  16. … come on honey, let me know.

    I was at a Northpoint service once and the played Back in Black by AC/DC…. no, not really.


  17. This is not really on topic, but I thought it was interesting in light of where the discussion has gone.

    To be fair, “our” music has done the same thing. Some Christian music has made it into general acceptance due to its vague lyrical content, but others have infiltrated the “secular” arena by having just plain good music. Switchfoot comes to mind.

    And if you go to a Braves game, you’ll hear TobyMac blaring “God’s in the spot, you can like it or not / … Christ on the cross, it’s humanity’s shot / It’s a worldwide call to everything that we’re not” to 45,000 fans. (Maybe I should keep my rap/hip-hop listening habits to myself, might offend someone at Grace. 😉 )

  18. Oh, Gravity…. poo. Just plain poo.

  19. Next time we have a predestination service, let’s do Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.

  20. Funny… as I watched Bono talk to the A.I. contestants last night – and then make his comments regarding helping to stamp out poverty and AIDS in our lifetime – I couldn’t help but think that he was a Christ follower.

    It’s a neat thing to not have to hear Christ’s name – to necessarily know that one is doing things for Christ’s sake – if we can truly do anything for Christ’s sake – wretches that we are.

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